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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
147 Selespeed stuck in neutral
My father (who lives 200 miles away) had previously complained of an intermittent fault with the sele going into neutral and refusing to engage a gear. By the time the AA arrived the fault had cleared and he was able to drive home. The local Fiat/Alfa specialist plugged in a laptop and couldn't see any faults. After this problem happening a few more times (particularly after the engine had been running for 30mins or so) he gave up and left the car standing for the best part of a year.
Determined to rectify the fault, I set about with a new battery (previously the alternator had failed, leading to total power failure when driving, plus after being stood the battery was goosed) and a full version of FES. I couldn't make the fault reappear, and after adjusting the clutch rod (from just over 30mm) and topping up the sele fluid (maybe a little too much) all appeared to be good.
Well the bad news is that the fault is back, but the "good" news is that it has not cleared itself and I have been given some more info. Apparently the pump is not whirring when the door is opened or the ignition turned on. Plus the sele fluid was above max, with a small amount leaking out of breather pipe on the filler cap (probably me overfilling it?) Also, not sure if this is related but on engine start there is a slight "fan belt" type noise.
It will probably be mid-June before I can have a look at the 147, so I would like to go down armed with a plan and any parts I might need.
Thanks in advance.